kansas association of teachers of science


  • 13 Dec 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One day Topeka conference includes science education.  Keynote speaker is Mary Beth Tinker (Supreme Court Tinker vs. Desmoines) Applications to make presentations are being accepted from the present time until January 16, 2018.  Registration will open soon.

    Kansas State Department of Education First Annual Civic Engagement Conference


    February 19, 2018 Topeka KS

    Registration will be open soon


    Request for Presenters


    We are soliciting presentations from schools, voluntary associations, community groups, non-partisan civic organizations, and vendors. Presentations will be 50 minutes long and organized around the "Six Proven Practices of Effective Civic Learning (http://www.civicmissionofschools.org/educators/six-proven-practices). Successful presentation proposals will include one or more of the "Six Proven Practices'" and/or practical ways to improve the civic engagement culture of schools. Preference will be given to presentations that include adult and student presenters or video of students involved in the program being promoted. Registration will be waived for one adult and two student presenters if selected.  Deadline for this application is end of day January 16thSubmit an application to present at https://goo.gl/forms/xcBV5JNTNhVb7B6H3



    Request for Student Poster Presentations


    A Student Poster Presentation will take place at the KSDE Civic Engagement Conference on February 19th at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka, KS. Students (grades 6 through 12) are invited to create a poster presentation on a tri-fold presentation board not to exceed 48 inches in height and 48 inches in width. The selected poster project will present student identified problems in their schools, communities, nation, or the world, and propose solutions to those problems. The format should describe the PROBLEM, the POWER, the PLAN, and the PEOPLE.   Deadline for submissions is Tuesday January 16, 2018 and must be accompanied by an adult registration to the conference. (Group presentations are permissible provided that there is one adult registration per every two student presenters.)  The selected student(s) will be expected to be available for questions during a 50 minute session at the conference and be eligible for selection to a roundtable discussion with keynote speaker Mary Beth Tinker. Submit an application to present at https://goo.gl/forms/H6zL5l6jSo7r9viA3


    KSDE is sponsoring the first annual Civic Engagement Conference which will focus on providing educators and students grades 6 through 12 with resources, ideas, and experiences that will improve the civic engagement culture of their schools. Presenters from across the state and region will present sessions on a variety of programs and practices.


    The keynote speaker will be Mary Beth Tinker.  Most students don’t expect to be suspended when they show up for Algebra class, but that’s what happened to Mary Beth Tinker in 1965, when she was thirteen years old. Saddened by news from Vietnam, Mary Beth and other Des Moines, Iowa, students had worn black armbands to school to mourn the dead and call for a Christmas truce. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the suspensions in court, leading to a landmark 1969 Supreme Court ruling for students’ rights in “Tinker vs Des Moines” that neither teachers nor students "shed their constitutional rights... at the schoolhouse gate." The Tinker ruling has been cited in more than 6,000 cases involving students’ rights.


    Mary Beth lives in Washington DC, but travels the country on a “Tinker Tour” to promote civics education, student journalism, youth rights and youth voices. She is a Registered Nurse with master’s degrees in nursing and public health.


    The conference will be held at the Ramada Inn Downtown 420 SE 6th, Topeka, Kansas. 

    Registration includes: Continental breakfast, all day beverage service, lunch, afternoon snack, and door prizes, and will be opening soon.



    Don Gifford

    Coordinator for Civic Engagement

    Career Standards and Assessment Services

    Kansas State Department of Education


    Landon State Office Building

    900 SW Jackson Ave.  Suite 653

    Topeka, KS  66612

    Phone: (785) 296-3892

    Fax: (785) 291-3791


  • 01 Dec 2017 10:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching:

    The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. Applications for teachers of grades K-6 are now open. Applications must be completed by May 1, 2018. KSDE support resources can be found here.


    Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators:

    The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms & teaching methods. Applications are due by March 1, 2018.


    U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools:

    This prestigious award is given to select schools across the nation that the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognizes as schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (Department) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security. Applications are due by January 10, 2018.


    Other K-12 Science Educator Grants, Scholarships, and Award Opportunities:

    The National Science Teachers Association posts many other opportunities that are searchable by monthly deadlines, grants/fellowships, awards/competitions, and more. You can find their free site here.

  • 27 Nov 2017 12:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KATS members are invited to check out the Sedgwick County Zoo on December 2.

  • 22 Nov 2017 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear High School Science Teacher,


    My name is Lesley Shapiro and I am a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University. My research project is on teacher receptivity to the Next Generation Science Standards. I would like to invite you to take part in this research study by completing the following survey.


    NGSS Receptivity Survey


    The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and is anonymous. In the survey, you will be asked if you would like to volunteer for an interview.


    Your participation in either the survey or the interview is voluntary.


    If you have any questions, feel free to email me at shapiro.l@husky.neu.edu


    Thank you for your time.



    Lesley Shapiro

    Doctoral Candidate

    Northeastern University
  • 17 Nov 2017 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please find the latest KSDE Science Newsletter using the link below. In this newsletter you will find a collected bank of resources as well as support for state assessment student score reports.       


    As always let me know if I can be of any assistance to you and your school district. Thank you and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving break next week!





    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.
    Science Education Program Consultant
    Career Standards & Assessment Services
    (785) 296-8108
    Kansas State Department of Education

  • 31 Oct 2017 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network


    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    October 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET: Testing Terror- Technology for Exploration: Technology Terror: An Electrifying Way of Constructing Circuits Using NASA Content (Grades 4-10) -- Many times educators question when is the right time to introduce circuits to young children. This webinar invites participants to set aside any hesitations by inviting children of all ages to construct circuits in a safe, active, and hands on way. NASA content will be highlighted by integrating educational materials such as Squishy Circuits and more. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/291191


    November 2, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Earth Sense -- Remote Sensing at NASA: For Your Eyes Only (Grades 5-8) -- Explore Earth through the eyes of the astronauts. Learn how human observations from space help us understand our planet better. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate Earth with eyes from above. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/280901


    November 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Earth Sense -- Remote Sensing at NASA: My NASA Data (Grades 4-12) -- Participants will get an overview of resources from the My NASA Data website which may be used to discuss topics from climate system interactions to ocean ecology to forest fires using authentic data. Use of the Live Access Server for data analysis will also be discussed. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/273226


    November 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Space Mathematics: Linking Math and Science (Grades 5-8) -- Space Mathematics is a two part series designed to help educators make the critical linkage between Mathematics and Science in the classroom. In Part 1, Linking Math and Science, participants will survey some of the available NASA resources and discuss the use of science as a vehicle for mathematics instruction. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/273233


    November 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET: Earth Sense -- Remote Sensing at NASA: The Scoop on Soil (Grades 4-10) -- Explore the GLOBE program for insights in how to bring an outdoor experience to your students. The webinar will focus on hands-on inquiry based experiences. Learn how NASA's SMAP mission collects data about soil moisture. Explore the Elementary GLOBE resources including teacher guides, protocols, activities, storybooks and related STEM activities designed for grades K-12. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/281907


    November 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. ET: Earth Sense -- Remote Sensing at NASA: Comets (Grades K-12) -- Learn about comets with hands-on activities. Participants will get an overview of assessment strategies, including a discussion of specific applications of these strategies, and NASA STEM comet resources for the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/293764


    For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/



    For US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station--Students Talk to Astronauts

    Call for Proposals -- Window is September 15 – November 15, 2017

    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crewmember on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the radio contact would be held between Jul 1, 2018 and Dec 31, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits determine the exact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Students learn about technology, communications, and science studied on board the ISS.

    The deadline to submit a proposal is November 15, 2017. For proposal information and details such as expectations, proposal guidelines, proposal form and days/times of proposal webinars where questions are answered, go to http://www.ariss.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact-in-the-us.html

    Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education@gmail.com

  • 13 Oct 2017 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From: CUWiP for High School Students <hs_cuwip@ku.edu>
    Date: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 6:05 PM
    Subject: Mini-Conference for STEM High School Students - APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at the University of Kansas


    High school students interested in possible careers in science, technology, math or engineering are invited to attend a one-day mini-conference at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The high school program is being held in conjunction with the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)  and will include panel discussions, workshops, student research talks, and a poster session.

    The American Physical Society’s CUWiP program at the University of Kansas is part of a group of regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors that  will be held January 12-14,2018. The primary goal of the conference is to help women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.

     Interested students should complete the application form at http://apscuwip.ku.edu/high-school by Friday, November 10.

     Please share this information with your students and encourage them to apply. We are also attaching a poster that may be distributed or posted in a prominent location.

     Best regards,

    Greg Rudnick, Judy Wu, Phil Baringer, and Hannah Gibson

    KU CUWiP High School Mini-Conference Subcommittee
  • 11 Oct 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is Now Open for the 

    2017 Kansas 

    Environmental Education Conference

    Register today to attend the 

    2017 Kansas Environmental Education Conference

    "Building a Stronger EE Community in Kansas"

    November 3-4, 2017

    Dillion Nature Center, Hutchinson, Kansas

    Pre-Conference Workshop ~ November 3, 2017


    Dear Teachers, 

    We invite you to include KACEE in your 2017/2018 professional development, collaboration and learning plans by registering for the 2017 Kansas Environmental Education Conference to be held November 3-4 in Hutchinson. We understand that today’s economic climate makes getting approval and support to attend conferences more challenging than ever. With this in mind, we have developed a resource to help you work with the professional development decision-makers at your school see how your conference participation will directly benefit your school’s learning objectives. Click here for a “Make Your Case” document to develop your “case” to attend, and register today at http://www.kacee.org/2017-environmental-education-conference.

    In addition to providing an excellent professional learning and collaboration experience at the conference, KACEE’s experienced team can customize an in-service to meet your school’s unique learning goals. If you or your administrators have an interest in exploring KACEE inservice opportunities, contact Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich at 785-889-4384 or akite@kacee.org for information.

    We hope you will feel free to reach out to us with any questions or needs for additional support! 

    With our best wishes for a terrific school year, the KACEE Team 

    Laura, Melissa, Ashlyn, Rachel & Jolene

  • 11 Oct 2017 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest Regional Meeting Organizing Committee hereby extends an invitation for a half-day chemistry/science teacher professional development event Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, from 8:00 AM to 12 noon. 


    Advance registration is required for this free Teaching Program , held in conjunction with the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting ( MWRM 2017 ) at the University of Kansas-Lawrence. 


    Please click here if you wish to register -- space is limited.  Our meeting will feature:

    • ·         Give-aways for classroom teaching demonstrations, highlighting the Chemistry Rocks theme for the following week – Mole Day and National Chemistry Week!
    • ·         Practical presentations from experienced high school chemistry teachers
    • ·         Opportunities to network with active chemistry/science teachers from Kansas and surrounding states
    • ·         Information about the AACT (American Association of Chemistry Teachers) and RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) Program
    • ·         Free breakfast buffet
    • ·         Certificates of Attendance, available upon request (post-meeting)


    Confirmed registrants should arrive at KU School of Pharmacy Building , 2010 Becker Drive, Lawrence, between 8:00a and 8:10a on Saturday, Oct. 21st.  Registration confirmations will be e-mailed prior to the meeting.  Advance questions can be directed to Roderick Black at rsblack@ku.edu  


    We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning, October 21st


    With best wishes,

    Roderick Black

    On behalf of the ACS MWRM 2017 Organizing Committee

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